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day to N...... He inquired of himself, whether he had any business of sufficient importance to call him thither. He found he had not. The impulse upon his mind was, however so strong, that he determined to yield to it, and accordingly mounted his horse and set out. He had not rode far, before, as he was passing the house of a neighbor, the owner came out, and also mounted his horse. He asked him where he was going; and was told it was to N...... They travelled on together, until they came in sight of the river. He who first set out, then asked the other what his business was at N...... The other replied, that he could, indeed, hardly tell; he had none of much importance; but feeling a strong inclination, he couldhardly tell why, to visit N...... that day, he determined to indulge it. They found the water so high, that they had no expectation of fording the stream. They came to the fording place, just after the young women had entered the stream, concluding that if these females were able to ride through, they certainly could; they set in after them, and were spectators of all that happened.
By the time the young lady was thrown from her horse, they had almost reached the opposite shore. He who was farthest from the shore, on seeing her fail, immediately turned his horse and rode down the stream, hoping to overtake, and, if possible, rescue her from death. No sooner did he overtake the drowning person, who was car. ried down by the current, than her hand involuntarily clinched the hind legs of his horse; and although the horse as the owner affirmed, was remarkably shy and skittish, on this occasion he shewed not the least sign of fright, but stood entirely still. The man reached his hand and caught the other hand of the drowning young woman,
and raised her head out of the water. His companion, who had reached the shore, immediately left his horse and followed down on the shore, that he might, if possible, afford some assistance. Seeing that the other needed help, he plunged into the stream, seized the body, and brought it on shore. Anxious to save the perishing young creature, they soon imagined that they discerned symptoms of life. Carrying her into a house which was near the water side, they committed her to the care of one of her own sex; by whose prudent exertions she was soon restored to life, and recovered her senses. The men, who, under God, were her deliverers, tarried till she was so far restored as to be able to converse. They then related to her those rather unusual circumstances which concurred to bring them to that place in the critical moment when their assistance was most needed. This done, one of them then said to the other, "We know now what our business to N...... was to day; we have done it; let us therefore return." Accordingly they mounted their horses and went directly home; satisfied with the reflection that they had been the instruments of preserving the life of one of their fellow creatures.
In due time the young lady, being sufficiently recovered, returned also to her own house. In the same town lived a young gentleman, till now as thoughtless and unprepared for another world as she had been; with whom she had often spent hours in vain, light, and useless conversa. tion. Hearing of what had befallen her, he soou went to visit her; and, addressing her with the same light air as he had been wont to do before, said, "So, Miss....., I perceive you have met, with a misfortune," gravely replied, I have experienced a very remarkable
providence of God. So unusual an observation from the mouth of one who perhaps had never before uttered a serious reflection, together with the grave and serious air with which it was made, immediately struck his mind into uncommon solemnity. She then proceeded, and gave him a narrative of the several circumstances which have been above related.
The remarkable scenes through which this young lady had passed, through the power of that invisible and glorious Being, who had wrought so surprising a deliverance for her, made an impression on her mind too deep ever to be effaced. The distress of mind she felt when under water, and apprehending herself to be just sinking into hell, never left her till, through the mighty power of sovereign grace, she was brought to embrace divine mercy, and welcome into her heart that glorious Redeemer, who alone rescues from the pit of destruction.
As to the young gentleman, he relates that the above narrative from the young lady herself, together with the grave and solemn manner with which it was first made, and her sober reflections upon the remarkable interposition of Providence, produced the first serious impression upon his mind which he could never shake off. His attention to eternal things was awakened; his conscience aroused; and, from that time, stung with reflections upon his past vain life; and, haunted with the fear of what was to come, he had little peace till, through the power of divine grace, he trusts, he was brought to take "sanctuary in the name
of the Lord."
From the mouth of this gentleman, who is now a faithful minister, and servant of the Lord Jesus, the writer of this short, but interesting narrative, had the foregoing account.
Thus these several unusual steps of divineProvidence led to important and very happyevents; soon, apparently,issuing in the saving conversion of two sinners. Truly, God is wonderful in counsel, as well as excellent in working! What a variety of incidents, unnoticed at present by men, are made to concur, in divine Providence, to the bringing home of God's elect! How many surprising scenes of remarkable coincidents of circumstances will open upon the minds of God's people at that happy period when all the mysteries of divine Providence shall be unfolded, that day must declare! Doubtless, they will then see the concurrence of a great variety of circumstances and things, before altogether unobserved; each of which was an essential link in that chain of events which issued in their happy deliverance and complete salvation. Each of these will raise their wonder and delight, and shed new glorics on the character of the great Savior of men; each giving a fragrance to the name of Jesus, which shall occasion his praise to dwell with greater delight upon their tongues to all eternity.
THE TESTIMONY OF A LEARNED RABBI, THAT
A LEARNED Rabbi of the Jews at Aleppo, being dangerously ill, called his friends together, and desired them seriously to consider the various former captivities endured by their nation, as a punishment for the hardness of their hearts, and the present captivity which has continued sixteen hundred years, "The occasion of which," said he, "is doubtless, our unbelief. We have long looked for the Messiah; and the Christians have believed in one Jesus, VOL. I.
of our nation, who was of the seed of Abraham and David, and born in Bethlehem, and, for ought we know, may be the true Messiah; and we may have suffered this long captivity because we have rejected him. Therefore, my advice is, as my last words, that if the Messiah, which we expect, do not come at or about the year 1650, reckoning from the birth of their Christ, then you may know and believe that this Jesus is the Christ, and you shall have
THE CHRISTIAN'S COUNTRY.
66 NOW THEY DESIRE A BETTER COUNTRY, THAT IS AN HEAVENLY ONE." HEB. XI. 16.
ONCE Anaxagoras, an honest sage,
Who sought for truth in a benighted age,
As one regardless of his country's weal,
"Ah, no," said he, and pointed to the skies,
Are Christians blam'd whose conduct seems to prove
MESSIAH SHALL BRUISE THE HEAD OF THE SERPENT.
THE late eminent Mr. Bradbury, when preaching upon the divinity of Christ, was hissed at by several who were present. The good man's friends were much affected